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Old Tuesday 23rd November 2010, 19:40   #1
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UK/ Twite, Redpoll, Linnet, Corn Bunting ????

Any other suggestions?

ID please, everyone has had a go at this.

Not my image and have no other information, just this image.

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Old Tuesday 23rd November 2010, 19:45   #2
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Old Tuesday 23rd November 2010, 19:57   #3
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yep, they look like Twite to me too
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Old Tuesday 23rd November 2010, 20:06   #4
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Gradders, these five birds are clearly COMMON LINNETS. Well done with the Ortolan of recent weeks.
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Old Tuesday 23rd November 2010, 22:49   #5
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Gradders, these five birds are clearly COMMON LINNETS.
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Old Wednesday 24th November 2010, 01:25   #6
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Old Wednesday 24th November 2010, 11:06   #7
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We all know the two species are similar in a number of ways, but I see them more as Twite. I will admit to basing this on the fact that I see a lot of Linnets (year-round) and these just don't give me the Linnet feeling.
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Old Wednesday 24th November 2010, 11:12   #8
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In case there's any confusion - these are Linnets. And to clarify why, I would say that the head (at least in ones where it can be seen clearly) is too grey. The bill also seems dark and there's no hint of the peachy tone you'd expect from a Twite.
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The top two birds are showing grey bills!...not yellow as might be expected on Twite, also the white contrasting bar on the secondaries is another Linnet supporting feature.

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If the birds are Twite, why donīt the show an open yellow face?

http://www.netfugl.dk/pictures.php?i...cture_id=24714

Greyish head and grey bill are pro-Linnet details.
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Old Wednesday 24th November 2010, 18:29   #12
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Gradders, these five birds are clearly COMMON LINNETS. Well done with the Ortolan of recent weeks.
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Gradders, these five birds are clearly COMMON LINNETS. Well done with the Ortolan of recent weeks.
Hi Lee,

Recent weeks is pushing it a bit!

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Linnets for me, going on the bill colour.

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They are Linnets, absolutely no doubt.
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I'm assuming the heavy mantle streaking is partly what is throwing people - could it be that these are a) first winter birds b) within range of adult winter plumage c) the blurriness of the photo has made it a little more difficult to pick out the key Linnet features ... ??

(Agree with Linnets, for reasons given )
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Not quite as clear cut as one imagined and perhaps why there was a need to clarify. As the majority vote is for Linnet, I guess I'll pass that on.
THANK YOU all for taking the time to contribute.
Any further comment welcome of course (i.e why) and perhaps answers for dantheman etc. i.e
1 first year birds?
2 winter plummage adults?
3 poor pic, no clear linnet features?
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